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Letná (ATT 10,358) 12th October 2012 - Kick off 17:00 Ref: Anar Salmanov

Czech Rep Czech Republic vs Malta Malta

Czech Rep 3

T Gebre Selassie (34)
T Pekhart (51)
J Rezek (67)

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Malta 1

A Muscat (38)

Czechs overcome Malta

Pressure counts in Plzen

Last Updated: 12/10/12 7:31pm

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Tomas Pekhart: On target for Czechs

Tomas Pekhart: On target for Czechs

The Czech Republic overcame dogged resistance by Malta to secure the first win of their 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign in their Group B clash at the Doosan Arena in Plzen.

Theodor Gebre Selassie put the Czechs ahead in the 34th minute, but the lead lasted just four minutes before Alex Muscat equalised for Pietro Ghedin's visitors.

Tomas Pekhart restored the hosts' advantage, though, and Jan Rezek sealed the points - but it was by no means the emphatic triumph they would have hoped for.

Malta made Italy work hard for victory last month when the Euro 2012 runners up were less than convincing in their 2-0 win, and they proved to be stubborn opponents again.

There were few clear-cut chances in the opening half-hour. Gebre Selassie had a header comfortably saved in the first five minutes but the home team produced little until the defender gave the hosts the lead in the 34th minute.

David Limbersky sent in a cross from the left byline which was met by the Werder Bremen right-back, who headed the ball into the top-left corner from close range.

However, four minutes later Malta were back on level terms thanks to their first goal of the campaign, Muscat drilling a fierce shot into the top-left corner from 20 yards.

The teams were all square at the break but six minutes later the hosts were again ahead when Petr Jiracek's cross was headed into the top-right corner by Pekhart .

And Rezek slotted home in the 67th minute to finally give the hosts some breathing space.

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Matches

  • FIFA World Cup European Qualifying

    Fri 12th Oct - Group F
    Fri 12th Oct - Group I
    Fri 12th Oct - Group B
    Fri 12th Oct - Group C
    • Faroe Islands
      1 - 2
      Sweden
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    • Kazakhstan
      0 - 0
      Austria
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    • Rep Ireland
      1 - 6
      Germany
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    Fri 12th Oct - Group E
    Fri 12th Oct - Group G
    • Liechtenstein
      0 - 2
      Lithuania
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    • Slovakia
      2 - 1
      Latvia
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    • Greece
      0 - 0
      Bos & Herz
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    Fri 12th Oct - Group D
    Fri 12th Oct - Group H
    Fri 12th Oct - Group A

Tables

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Belgium 10 26
2 Croatia 10 17
3 Serbia 10 14
4 Scotland 10 11
5 Wales 10 10
6 Macedonia 10 7

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group B

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Italy 10 22
2 Denmark 10 16
3 Czech Republic 10 15
4 Bulgaria 10 13
5 Armenia 10 13
6 Malta 10 3

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group C

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Germany 10 28
2 Sweden 10 20
3 Austria 10 17
4 Republic of Ireland 10 14
5 Kazakhstan 10 5
6 Faroe Islands 10 1

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group D

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Netherlands 10 28
2 Romania 10 19
3 Hungary 10 17
4 Turkey 10 16
5 Estonia 10 7
6 Andorra 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group E

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Switzerland 10 24
2 Iceland 10 17
3 Slovenia 10 15
4 Norway 10 12
5 Albania 10 11
6 Cyprus 10 5

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group F

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Russia 10 22
2 Portugal 10 21
3 Israel 10 14
4 Azerbaijan 10 9
5 Northern Ireland 10 7
6 Luxembourg 10 6

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group G

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bosnia and Herzegovina 10 25
2 Greece 10 25
3 Slovakia 10 13
4 Lithuania 10 11
5 Latvia 10 8
6 Liechtenstein 10 2

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group H

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 England 10 22
2 Ukraine 10 21
3 Montenegro 10 15
4 Poland 10 13
5 Moldova 10 11
6 San Marino 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group I

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Spain 8 20
2 France 8 17
3 Finland 8 9
4 Georgia 8 5
5 Belarus 8 4